Thursday, June 28: Today we left Cortez, CO early and headed to Saguache, CO. The drive went through beautiful Colorado canyons, along rivers and streams and past farmlands. I have posted a photo of one of the roads we were on. Shortly after leaving Cortez, we arrived for a short visit in Durango. There we got to observe narrow-gauge steam locomotives being prepared to pull trains to Silverton. I have posted a photo of one of the locomotives. It was great to see these coal-fired steam trains in operating conditions.
After leaving the trains we headed towards one of the most challenging drives of the trip: Wolf Creek Pass. The road went from about 7000 to over 11,000 feet over a distance of 9 miles with some portions at a 10% grade. All three cars made it to the top. When we arrived there was a film crew working on a documentary about driving a Triumph sport car across country. They interviewed the drivers who explained their brass cars. I have posted a photo of the three cars at the top of Wolf Creek Pass, which is also the continental divide.
Over 10 miles of down-hill driving brought us back to flatlands and eventuallly to our stop for the night, the town of Saguache, CO. This is a very small town in an agricultural area of Colorado. We walked through the town and visited an antique store where several of us purchased magazines from the early 1900s. I have posted a photo of the three cars in front of out motel.
‘brass is a gas’